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D.C. Wire: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Gray confidant Lorraine Green retires from Amtrak

Lorraine Green, confidant to Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D), is retiring from her 14-year career as an executive at Amtrak on April 1, but she said she has no plans to join the Gray administration.

By Nikita Stewart  | March 4, 2011; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Evans puts Gray, Brown on notice; fears 'late-night' jokes

D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) has issued a biting critique of recent controversies involving Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown, telling his constituents that "everyone in the city" has been "taken aback by the events."

By Tim Craig  | March 4, 2011; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Kwame Brown, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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AFSCME endorses Vincent Orange in council race

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers, which played a key role in helping elect Mayor Vincent C. Gray last year, announced today that it is supporting former council member Vincent B. Orange in the April 26 election for an at-large seat on the council.

By Washington Post Editors  | March 4, 2011; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  D.C. Council, Sekou Biddle, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray, Vincent Orange  
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Mayor Gray adds more background checks

Mayor Vincent C. Gray has ordered additional background checks of political hires, called "excepted service" employees in District government, according to a news release issued by his office. Gray's order Wednesday to vet current and future employees comes after revelations about the legal troubles of some of his hires...

By Nikita Stewart  | March 2, 2011; 9:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Biddle picks up SEUI endorsement -- and criticism from opponents

The Service Employees International Union on Wednesday endorsed D.C. Council member Sekou Biddle (D-At large) in the April 26 special election, even as some of Biddle's opponents stepped up their criticism of his attempts to have them thrown off the ballot.

By Tim Craig  | March 2, 2011; 12:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Bryan Weaver, Jacque Patterson, Sekou Biddle, Vincent Orange, at-large election 2011, vincent gray  
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Kwame Brown vows to 'win back the trust' of residents

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown (D) said Tuesday he's going to work to "win back the trust" of city residents angered or troubled by his decision to request a "fully loaded" Lincoln Navigator that would have cost taxpayers $2,000 a month. Speaking to reporters after the council session, Brown said...

By Tim Craig  | March 1, 2011; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
Categories:  Joshua Lopez, Kwame Brown, Sekou Biddle  
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Norton accuses GOP of trying to 'humiliate' and 'disrespect' Gray

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) ripped into her Republican colleagues Tuesday morning at a hearing on the District's school voucher program, accusing them of trying to "humiliate" Mayor Vincent C. Gray and "disrespect his office."

By Ben Pershing  | March 1, 2011; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Education, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Vincent C. Gray  
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Fenty friend Skinner takes aim at D.C. Council, Graham

Sinclair Skinner, one of former mayor Adrian M. Fenty's friends at the center of the investigation into parks and recreation contracts handed out under the previous administration, issued a biting statement Monday accusing District government leaders of being "synonymous with corruption, scandal and mismanagement."

By Tim Craig  | February 28, 2011; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  City Life, D.C. Council, Jim Graham, Mayor Fenty, Tim Craig, Vincent C. Gray  
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Kwame Brown's SUV was illegal, Wells says

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame Brown "inappropriately requested" that District officials violate the law by providing him a leased Lincoln Navigator SUV that cost taxpayers $2,000 a month, according to a report issued this morning by D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6). Wells, the chairman of the Committee on Public...

By Tim Craig  | February 28, 2011; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (94)
Categories:  2010 District Election, D.C. Council, Kwame Brown, vincent gray  
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Biddle opens a well-staffed office for council race

Interim DC. Council member Sekou Biddle (D-At large) opened his campaign office Sunday as he gears up for the April 26 citywide election, telling a room of supporters they have to move at "light speed" to fend off more than a half-dozen potential challengers.

By Tim Craig  | February 28, 2011; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  April 26 special election, D.C. Council, Josh Lopez, Joshua Lopez, Kwame Brown, Marion Barry, Mary Cheh, Mayor Fenty, Sekou Biddle, Vincent C. Gray, Vincent Orange, vincent gray  
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